Day 4: Attrition Begins


I never did get Woody McCorvey to call me back. And as I just found out, his move to South Carolina hit a snag. According to, the deal fell through. Nevertheless, he’s still no longer a Bulldog.

Also leaving MSU is defensive coordinator Charlie Harbison, after just one season. He’s off to Clemson, South Carolina’s in-state rival, to coach the secondary.

I don’t know exactly how many Bulldog assistants are on the recruiting trail this week, but I think it’s clear one of the reasons AD Greg Byrne became a certified recruiter. Can’t say these departures surprise me, although I thought Harbison would’ve been a good guy to retain.

As for what’s in today’s Journal, I had a column examining the pros and cons a coach might consider before coming to Mississippi State. Also, I had a basketball update on the men’s team.

Now, I’m going to get my birthday haircut a day late. It’s getting so long, I’m almost having to comb it.


23 Responses to “Day 4: Attrition Begins”

  1. bleedmaroon Says:

    Good column BL. I think it is a good job to have too. A good coach can win here. All it takes is a little recruiting. We have the big donors to give money. As we win facilities will continue to improve as well as the fan base. I’m just ready for an announcement.

  2. joekstewart Says:

    It looks more like Dooley will be the new guy, possible Oklahoma. BUt not Bowden or Fulmer

  3. BirdZ! Says:

    Brad, just curious here, but can you ask if GB will remain a certified recruiter, even after a new HC is hired? Or is he just bridging the gap?

  4. tebmsu97 Says:

    Not really MSU related but a funny what if coaching search. The local (I live in Baton Rouge) LSU folk are talking about the Tigers still heading to the cotton bowl where they would likely play Texas Tech. Mike Leach is being touted as the next HC at Washington, who just so happens to be LSUs opener next year on the road. Just wondering if a school has ever lost back to back games to the same coach at different schools…

    To make this MSU related, it would seem he is not a candidate for the MSU job.

  5. carwwest Says:

    so word in b’ham is that tubbs is out at auburn…..this makes things interesting….

  6. sallen75 Says:

    A private plane from Tulsa with Todd Graham on board just landed in Columbus.

  7. bleedmaroon Says:

    Oh boy, here we go with the plane rumors.

  8. msudawginbama Says:

    if its Graham that just means State can go back to losing to Arkansas. He’s got that down pat…!

  9. bigdraws Says:

    Only lost by a touchdown at Arkansas. Hell, they almost beat us in Starkville.

  10. diamondawg23 Says:

    I cannot even think about liking Tubbs on a State sideline….No thanks

  11. bleedmaroon Says:

    if Graham comes i hope he brings Malzohn with him, Im sure Malzohn would love a shot a Houston Nutt.

  12. knoxvilledog Says:

    I don’t think Graham or Holtz would be bad choices. However, “ears” is interesting if he comes available for a few reasons:

    1) umiss doesn’t like him – that’s got ot count for something;
    2) we know he can recruit in Mississippi (i.e. Q. Groves);
    3) he can win;
    4) nothing would make him happier if he leaves aubbie than to beat saban and whoever aubie would hire on a consisitent basis- both good things as well.

  13. carwwest Says:

    i like graham….assuming he brought malzahn, that would be a really good hire….he was won everywhere so far….

  14. desotodawg Says:

    My concern with graham is that he has not even had a full recruiting stint as a head coach. Yes he has won at Rice and Tulsa as a HC. But he has yet to field a team made solely of his recruits. Plus, he seems to be always looking for the next gig. Apparently while negotiating an extension at Rice, he was negotiating a contract at Tulsa. Granted, lots of coaches do, by just doesn’t seem like a fit to me.

  15. bigdraws Says:

    Does anybody know if Felker was coaching out there while Graham was there?

  16. carwwest Says:

    yeah i see what you are saying, desoto…but i still think he would be a good choice for us….people act like coaches looking to move up is a bad thing…in order to really move up in the sec or other big schools, you have to win…if he comes here and wins a few years then jumps to a bigger gig well at least we had wins and our program will look a lot more appealing to other coaches and the nation….

    im just excited to see who it is going to be…

  17. Brad Locke Says:

    Felker was at Tulsa in 1991-92 and again from 1997-99. Graham didn’t arrive there until 2003.

  18. bigdraws Says:


  19. nocowbell Says:

    Theres is a report of another plane that just stopped in Columbus that had Billy Brewer on it. I think it was infront of WAL-MART it cost $1.00 to ride….

  20. spaceghost1 Says:

    Tulsa lost to Houston by 40 points.

  21. joekstewart Says:

    We have to be realistic, we have a program but it is not as good as Ole Miss or others. We need a hire budget, bigger fan support, and a face of the program. Unfortunately Croom was that face, so we need a player like the Mannings and Tebow.

    We might have to settle not for the big name, but a young up-coming coach of a smaller school like Dooley or a successfull Div 2-A coach. We are not Tennessee we are MSU. I think Dooley needs to be contatced. He brought a Homecoming team to a bowl contender in the WAC.

    We don’t need damage goods like Fulmer, Bowden, or Tuby.

  22. bulldognark82 Says:

    I live in Springdale, AR and trust me when i say that if there is a chane that we can get Gus Malzahn as an OC, then we need to do it. He is an offense genius! Plus, I promise he will do whatever it takes to run over Nutt at Ole Miss. It would bring some of the top talent in the state to us on the offensive side, and if we can hold on to Tyler Russell, then he will have a blast in Gus’s offense! Not to mention that they run the ball alot as well so I think that Montrell Conner would be happy. It would be a great hire!

  23. bulldognark82 Says:

    If we can get them and Joe Lee Dunn back we would do very well!

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